The County government of Nakuru has ordered all Chinese nationals involved in fishing activities at Lake Naivasha to close their businesses and move out with immediate effect.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui termed the exercise by the foreigners as illegal, adding that locals should be given the first priority when it comes to fishing at the lake.
The decision was arrived at following complaints from stakeholders around the lake that foreigners were behind a decline in fish catch due to the use of undersize nets that caused indiscriminate fishing.
The Chinese investors were licensed to harvest Crayfish by the previous county government three years ago but have since exhausted the stock and are now targeting other fish species.
Kinyanjui wondered how the foreigners were allowed to fish in the lake at the expense of the many unemployed youths in the area. No Kenyan can be licensed to fish in China and we shall not also allow the foreigners to continue exploiting our resources, he said.
The governor made the order on Tuesday during World Environmental Day celebrations marked at Kamere Beach in Naivasha.
Saying that over 30 tons of waste material, including plastic was recovered from Lake Naivasha during the ongoing clean-up exercise, the governor said his government had set aside funds to rehabilitate the landing beaches which employ tens of families directly and indirectly in addition to cleaning up the lake.
The Governor also expressed concern over the rising cases of garbage dumping which was polluting the lake and identified Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway as one of the area that was adversely affected by dumping of plastic waste especially by motorists.
The Leader of Minority in Nakuru County Assembly, Peter Pallang’a termed the Chinese fishermen as the biggest threat to the lake which was also facing challenges of water hyacinth and pollution.
Pallang’a who is the area MCA called for investigations on how the foreigners were allowed to fish in the lake by the former regime saying this was illegal as it denied the locals right to the resource.
Source: Kenya News Agency